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Why all the fuss about stevia?

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Why all the fuss about stevia?

Over the past half year, stevia has been the focus of attention as
the search for a perfect natural sweetener continues. But why
are the birds circling when the ingredient has not been approved in
the two major Western markets -...

Are trade shows relevant?

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Are trade shows relevant?

The new crop of business cards yielded by another trade show season
have been duly filed away. But the big question remains. Were the
three days at FIE followed, for many, by another three at
SupplySide West, really worth the blisters,...

The weather excuse

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The weather excuse

With all the threats facing food and beverage production -- from
contamination in the food chain, to rising input prices --
there appears to be one menace that towers above the rest, namely
'The Weather'.

Ripping the red tape

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Ripping the red tape

They say that patience is a virtue. But when it comes to the
regulatory process on both sides of the Atlantic, patience too
often results in dust gathering in the "to do" box on some
regulator's desk.

Arnie and the clones

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Arnie and the clones

Cloned foods have not yet made it to our grocery aisles, but in the
advent of such a rollout consumers must have a defined right
to decide if they want to swallow the technology or not.

Hooked on Es

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Hooked on Es

This comment was amended to correct a statement about bans
of additives in other countries. Some of the chemicals were
previously banned by Norway, Austria and Australia but those bans
have since been removed. Allura red AC, tartrazine...

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